Hidden Heritage of Siachen

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9 days
Nubra Valley

Explore the hidden heritage of Nubra Valley

Take a journey into the sands of time through the hidden heritage of the Kingdom of Ladakh

Why this experience is unique?

  • Visit the Winter Palace
  • The crystal village of India
  • Flavorful authentic local meals
  • The largest rock art site of Ladakh
Experience Details

Discover the hidden and rich heritage along the Siachen river in the Nubra valley! The region was once a winter capital of Ladakh and had a flourishing trade via the ancient silk route. Walk through the history reading the rock art of the Murgi village dating back to over 1500 years old. The art speaks of the ancient trade route and cultural exchange extending upto the central Asia. Visit the settlements of Sumur, Panamik, Ayee, Aranoo, Murgi and Warshi only to discover the natural caves, crystal rocks and the forgotten frontiers of the kingdom of the Ladakh. The experience truly takes you on a journey through the history of Ladakh!

Your Day by Day Journey
Day 1 to 2: Sight-seeing around Leh
  • Arrive at 11,562 ft
  • Acclimatize at high altitude
  • Explore Leh town

Day 1Acclimatization at Leh

We will pick you up from the Leh airport and transfer you to your hotel in Leh (11,500ft). You will be resting today and acclimatizing yourself to the High-Altitude environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscape. This day is called the Acclimatization day and is required to adjust your body to the low oxygen levels of this altitude.

Day 2Sight-seeing in Leh

After breakfast, head out to tour the monasteries here. Take a visit to the largest monastery in Ladakh, the Hemis Monastery. Visit the Thiksey Monastery, to admire the stunning statue of Buddha Maitreya and its traditional Tibetan architecture. In the evening, spend some peaceful moments at the Shanti Stupa watching the beautiful sun going behind the ghostly mountains.

Day 3 to 5: Exploration Journey Begins
  • Drive to the Ildmurah (Nubra)
  • Stay at Silk Route Homestay
  • Trek to a hidden fortress at Sumur

Day 3Drive to Sumur via Khardung La

Post breakfast in your hotel in Leh, you will be crossing the 17,582 ft Khardung la pass – known to be one of the highest motorable roads in the world. From Khardung it take a couple of hours to reach Sumur, the largest village during the times of silk route. Upon arrival visit the Col Chewang Ringchin Museum to see the stories of true valor! Spend the evening with your homestay host at the Silk Route Homestays and know more about the history and culture of Nubra!

Day 4Trek to an Ancient Fortress

Wake up to the blooming valley of Nubra. Post a local and organic meal in your homestay, take a couple of hour trek to the hidden fortress of the Sumur. The fortress was known to be the protector of the people of the village from raids originating from central Asia in the olden days. Visit the famed Samstaling Gompa ,towards the evening discover farming at 10,500 ft above sea level with your hosts!

Day 5 Drive across the river to east bank of Siachen

The day involves crossing the Siachen river to the region which was once home to King Nyma Namgyal during the winter months. Hidden from the popular tourist routes the eastern bank has been untouched from tourism. On the way take a short hike to the sacred lake of Yarab Tso and visit the therapeutic hot springs of Panamik both located on the western bank. Towards late afternoon, discover the Ayee village and 1000 year old juniper tree.

Day 6 to 9: The east bank of Siachen River
  • Rong Do - The rock art site
  • Crystal Rock Homestay
  • The last village of India

Day 6Drive to the Charasa Palace

After morning breakfast drive towards the Charasa palace, the winter capital of Ladakh. The fort marks an important piece of element in the history of Nubra valley and was designed by the tutor to the first Dalai Lama. Right next to the village of Charasa is the the largest Petroglyph site of Ladakh, with over 1500 years of history carved on rocks. In the evening visit the 600-year old Ensa Gonpa and hear the complete tale of Guru Rimponche who had a wish to make the Lhasa Monastery at Ensa. Stay the the Aranoo village

Day 7Drive to the last village of India

As the morning sets in on the lush green Nubra valley, we take a trek towards the crystal hill in the Nubra valley. The landscape in Ladakh changes at every step, making each village an interesting find. After the trek, we drive towards the mystical monastery of Yarma . Surrounded by the mighty Karakoram mountain ranges, the monastery is the last stop on the eastern route of the Siachen river. Right across the Siachen river you can see the Changlung village where you will spend the night in a boutique homestay.

Day 8Drive to the gateway to Central Asia

During your stay at the Changlung village, discover, the gateway to Central Asia, the village overlooks the ancient Silk Route. Discover the ancient silk route wearing a hat of the traders and towards the evening hike to a nearby hot water spring. In the evening visit the Changlung Gompa for a bird eye view of the Nubra valley. Spend the night at the Changlung village.

Day 9Back to Leh

After a refreshing stay in Changlung Homestay, head back to Leh via the Khardungla Pass. After almost a 5-6 hours drive, you will be back in Leh where you can plan your spending a nice evening in one of the cafes of Leh. Your journey will be concluded after arriving in Leh.

You can always add a trip towards Pangong Lake with this experience if you which to extend your journey!

What it includes?

– 2 nights in a best quality hotel in Leh
– 6 nights in village family homestay
– Responsible Traveller’s Kit
– Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner – Mix of Ladakhi & Standard Indian Meals
– Tour Guide
– Entrance Fees
– All transportation and permits in the destination location

What it excludes?

– Air fare
– Travel visa and insurance
– Bottled water
– Room service
– Any private expenses
– Any travel beyond itinerary

Is this Experience right for you?

Are you travelling because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living a village life in the mud house in the mountains excite you? Are you ready to truly live the local lifestyle? If your answer is yes, take up this experience that will transport you to a different world. You might not get the internet here but you will also not feel the need for it as you will be busy exploring the unique sites, mountain views, and village life. The luxury here is living at the beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food at every meal, and having happy locals offering their warm hospitality.

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
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